Long-time readers know that I regard employment as key to the health of any society. Employment integrates the individual with society in the pursuit of the common good; it enables him to discharge his duties to himself, his family, the state, and God; and it keeps him healthy, happy, productive, engaged, and mindful of his obligations to others. Unemployed people suffer physically and mentally, their families tend to disintegrate as they sink into poverty and despair, and they tend toward political extremism, crime, and other indicators of social pathology. A society that doesn't take employment seriously, that thinks having a sizable proportion of its people unemployed is good, and that is willing to tolerate any degree of chronic and involuntary unemployment, is radically deficient, not only organizationally but morally and with respect to its basic priorities.
Work, in other words, corresponds to human nature in a very real and powerful way. (Hobbies and social activism serve the same purpose for those who are moneyed enough not to need to work, at least not regularly). It's not for nothing that earlier societies envisioned work as a form of prayer: a divine office, executed with a humble heart, in accordance with the will of God.
Unfortunately, modern society has more or less succeeded in severing the link between work and the natural human impulses that rationalize and ennoble it. Man is atomized, reduced to interchangeable cogs in a utilitarian economic machine. He is fired wantonly and encouraged to change jobs for reasons of even minor convenience. The resulting bitterness, despair, and alienation is captured perfectly in movies like Office Space and Falling Down. The modern historical norm of hating one's job, detesting one's coworkers, resenting one's superiors and exploiting one's subordinates is grossly unhealthy from both an individual and social perspective.
For myself, I feel ludicrous guilt even contemplating leaving my current job, and not only because there are many who'd be happy to have it and my gripes are pretty minor. Work itself is a gift, and man ought to -- indeed, wants to -- be in a position in which he can cherish it, as he would any good thing. Modern society affords him no such opportunity; indeed, it abstracts from our economic order all that makes it human and salvages only that which makes it impersonal, bureaucratic, and insufferable. This is true not only at the micro level but at the macro, too. Suppose our elite was presented with two economic plans: one would cause the Dow to shrink to around 2,000 (much closer to the historical norm) but cause unemployment to drop within rounding error of zero, putting all those who want work in stable jobs that would provide for at least their basic necessities; the other would put 20% of the population out of work but cause the Dow to rocket up to 50,000. Which would they pick? We all know the answer.
What can be done to repair this situation? For one thing, recognition of the fact that stability in employment matters is necessary. It's not enough that a man should always be able to find a job somewhere; having to find a new job every 12 months is a bad, or at least suboptimal, situation. He must, if he wants, always be employed at the same place or by the same company. A community of fellows (which is really all a workplace is, and the demand for which arises from human nature) cannot spring up where the population is transient. Ask anyone who lives in a sizable military town.
Deprioritization of economic goods in favor of basic human goods matters, too. "Is this good for GDP" should be asked only after "Is this good for the health of the polity" is answered favorably. We should resort to technocratic economic number-crunching only where failure to do so imperils our primary goal of promoting a healthy and integrated social order, and even then subordinate it to that goal, seeking to cause as little disruption as possible.
How do we enforce this? Possibly the same way we enforce our present order, which seeks to smash the traditional family, unduly elevate talentless minorities just to stick it to white people, and enrich psychotic criminals. That is to say, announce a set of standards and then proceed to severely sanction--socially, financially, and legally--any employer who does not comply, while rewarding to the greatest extent possible those that do. Carrot and stick. It works for the PC apparatchniks; it can work for us, too.